Emergency alerts to warn you if there is a danger to life near you

The UK-wide system will use new mobile technology to save lives during emergencies.

Emergency alerts will warn you if there is a danger to life near you.

In the event of an emergency, your mobile phone or tablet will receive an alert with tips on how to stay safe.

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The government does not need to know your phone number or location to send you an alert.

You may receive alerts about: severe floods, fires, or severe weather.

Emergency alerts will only be sent by emergency services or government departments, agencies and public bodies that deal with emergencies.

Your mobile phone or tablet may make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set to silent mode, vibrate, or read an alarm

The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.

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The alert will include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information.

You’ll receive alerts based on your current location – not where you live or work. You do not need to turn on location services to receive alerts.

When you receive an alert, stop what you are doing and follow the instructions in the alert.

If you are driving or riding a vehicle when you receive an alert, you should not read or respond to the emergency alert while driving or riding a motorcycle.

If you are driving, keep driving and do not respond to the noise or try to pick up the mobile phone and deal with the message.

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Find a safe and legal place to stop before reading the letter.

If there is no safe or legal place to stop nearby, and no one else in the vehicle to read the alert, tune the radio and wait for the handouts until you find a safe and legal place to stop.

It is illegal to use a hand-held device while driving or driving.

If you do not have a file compatible device, you will still be aware of the emergency situation. Emergency services have other ways of warning you when there is a threat to life.

Emergency alerts will not replace local news, radio, television or social media.

If you have a vision or hearing impairment, the attention audio and vibration signals will let you know there is an emergency alert.

There will be a test on Sunday 23rd April 2023 that will say:

“This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new British government service that will warn you if there is a life-threatening emergency near you.

“In the event of an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.”

Visit gov.uk/alerts for more information.

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